8 Common Roofing Problems Uncovered

8 Common Roofing Problems Uncovered

When was your last roof inspection? Either by you or by a professional?

Don’t be caught off guard. Many people neglect their roofs until it is too late for maintenance. Now the problem can no longer be ignored.

Your roof is the umbrella of safety for your home and its contents. The structure, your furniture, your photos, and much more can be victims of water damage, and can possibly irreplaceable.

Residential roofing materials are designed to be durable and withstand the sun, wind, and other natural elements. But they too will breakdown after years of exposure. Moss and algae growth can accelerate that breakdown.

The older your roof gets, the more frequently you should inspect it. Visually inspect the roof yourself from a safe vantage point when possible. Your local roofing company can offer you recommendations for inspection and maintenance. Knowing these tasks are on your calendar can provide peace of mind. In addition, having a relationship with a local roofing company can come in handy in the event of storm damage.

Whether you have a professional inspection or inspect your roof yourself (or some combination of both), here are some common roof problems to look for.

  1. Roof Leaks

Sounds obvious but roof leaks are the single most common roofing problems and sometimes they are not visible at first, creating more damage before detection. Leaks can be a result of many roof issues, such as damaged or missing shingles, flashing issues, and more.

Check your attic for water stains or mold. Bring a flashlight to shine into the corners and along the roof line. The leak may be several feet from where it has appeared in your living space.

Leaks are common near the chimney and around skylights and vents as they are flashing points. Check around gutters and look for damage or debris there.

A visual inspection of your roof is an excellent idea. On a quarterly basis and after a storm. Call a professional if this is not something you are comfortable doing.

  1. Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a material often made of sheet metal and used to protect the roof from leaking at junctures with fixtures such as skylights, vents, and chimneys. If your flashing is damaged or missing, the fixture become vulnerable to water.

A thorough roof inspection includes an examination of the flashing, and your roofer will advise you of any damaged flashing that should be replaced.

  1. Missing or Broken Shingles

Depending on the age of your roof, you may start to see some signs of age including damaged or missing shingles. As the sealant ages the shingles may loosen and break off completely. These should be replaced promptly and should indicate that the professional inspection is in order. The missing shingle could be a one-off, but if other shingles are loose, you want to know about it.

  1. Roofing Granules in Your Gutters and Downspouts

A new roof may shed a few granules in the weeks/months after installation.  However, if your roof is getting on in age and you see granules in your downspout, this may be a sign that your shingles are losing their integrity and may need to be replaced.

Granules are built into the shingle to protect the roof from UV rays, and once they fall off, the shingles are vulnerable and start to crack.

  1. Mold and mildew

When roof angles and gutters collect debris, the roof holds water. The moisture remains on the roof where normally it runs away and dries.

This can form mold or mildew, leading to roof damage.

Finding a way to keep the debris off your roof or a means to regularly clear it away is important to the life of your roof. The roof is designed to have water run off it. Pooled moisture will harm the roof and cause long-term issues.

  1. Tree Damage

One of the most common roof problems homeowners face is damage from falling branches and trees, especially during the rainy season. The best defense is to keep the trees trimmed away from the home. Sometimes this is not always possible especially when the fateful limb came from the neighbor’s tree.

  1. Damaged Roofing Materials

Nature is a major contributing factor to the deterioration of your roof, and your best plan includes regular inspection and maintenance. Catching the issue early will potentially save you money and prevent loss.

Make a Plan for Your Roofing Inspection

We have looked at some of the most common roofing problems and how a little attention and maintenance can avoid larger problems.

Contact us today for roof inspections, repairs, & more!

Have you had a roof maintenance check lately? Let’s work together to be sure your roof is thoroughly inspected and well-maintained. Contact Harlan Quality Roofing online today or call (916) 292-9548 for roof repairs or replacement.

What Time of the Year Should You Replace Your Roof?

What Time of the Year Should You Replace Your Roof?

If you have owned your home for 10-20 years, it’s time to start thinking about the best time of year to replace your roof. Depending on the type of roofing your home has, and its last maintenance date, you may want to start thinking about when the best time would be to get this project started. Factors such as weather, temperature, climate, and appointment availability can all play a part roof replacement. While each season may have its advantages, roof replacement is a job that can be done any time of the year when entrusted to a professional residential roofing contractor.

Winter

Winter in Sacramento can carry unpredictable weather. Can you replace your roof in the winter? For sure! The winter season can be great for many homeowners since it is usually a slower time for many roofing companies. This can allow for more flexible appointment scheduling. However, depending on the forecast you need to be ready when a dry weather window presents itself. Extremely low temperatures can cause roofing materials to become more susceptible to cracking, so keeping an eye on the temperatures is important. Regardless, an experienced roofing contractor like Harlan Quality Roofing, will have processes put in place to prevent or mediate complications.

Spring

Replacing your roof during early spring as everything begins to warm is a good choice for many homeowners. The temperatures are milder, making roof replacement a great spring-cleaning project to check off your list. Roofing damage caused during the wetter; colder months is often discovered during this time of year. Also, early spring is a great time to prep your roof for any extreme temperatures you might see later in the year. However, spring rain may throw a wrench into your roof replacement plans. But, like winter, keeping an eye on the forecast will make a difference. Any quality roofing company should be able to adapt to such spring weather changes and get your roof replaced on time.

Summer

The summer is often the most desirable time for roof replacement and maintenance. The warm temperature and often predictable weather make roofing during the summer months more straightforward. However, in the Sacramento area, late summer can present higher temperatures which can pose problems for less-experienced roofers. Due to the dryer time of year, the summer months can be quite a busy season for roof replacement and repair. The roofing companies are busier during this time of year, and you will have to be more flexible with scheduling your project.

Fall

Fall is the optimum season for roof replacement. With spring’s mild temperatures and early summer’s weather consistency, fall is commonly referred to as the best time of year to replace your roof. Since this season is highly sought after, finding appointment times in the fall can become tougher and again might require some flexibility for getting your job on the calendar. Another reason fall can be a busy time for roofers, is homeowners waiting too long then realizing the rainy season is approaching and want to get their roof replaced or repaired.

Contact us today for roof repair or replacement!

If your roof needs repair or replacement, the best advice is to get the job done sooner than later as any damage that has occurred will only get worse. Harlan Quality Roofing has experienced crews that will install a new roof on your home no matter what season you choose to get it done. So, apply these factors and contact us with any questions or concerns you have about repairing or replacing your roof. We look forward to hearing from you.

Why It’s Important to Hire a Local Roofing Contractor in Sacramento

Why It’s Important to Hire a Local Roofing Contractor in Sacramento

Your house is an important investment, and your roof is a vital component of that investment. Whether you need a full roof replacement or simply some repairs to problem areas of your roof, hiring a quality local roofing contractor is very important.

The Importance of Hiring a Quality Local Roofing Company

Working with a quality local roofing contractor is the first and most important step in making sure your roofing project begins correctly. A good local roofer will know all the required installation codes to follow, any paperwork that is required, and will carefully guide the project through to a successful installation in compliance with state requirements. While codes and compliance may not be high on your priority list today, it will be when your sell your home!

Another important reason to source your roofing needs from a local company is availability should any problems arise in the years following your roof repair or installation. There are many contractors who come into an area from out of state, undercut the local roofing companies, and put up signs advertising the work being done in your neighborhood, attracting your attention as well as your neighbors. The work is done quickly and poorly, with no warranty on their workmanship. Once the workers leave, that out-of-town company is no longer accessible by phone. That is why local and      established roofing companies far outweigh the potential cost savings!

What to Look for in a Local Roofing Contractor

Here are the important questions to ask before you invest tens of thousands of dollars in your roof.

  • Is the roofing company licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • How long has the roofing contractor been in business?
  • Does the roofing contractor offer warranties on their workmanship?
  • Is the contractor certified by roofing manufacturers?
  • Can you easily reach the roofing company by phone?
  • Does the roofing contractor have local working address vs. a P.O. box or out-of-state address?
  • Is the owner of the roofing company available to answer your questions or concern?
  • Does the roofing contractor have positive reviews? And more than just a handful?

In general, if a roofing company has been in business for many years, has a lot of solid reviews, stands behind their workmanship, and is certified by roofing manufacturers for the installation of the roofing shingles you have chosen, then you will benefit from a long-lasting roof for your home that will look and perform for many years to come.

Are you Ready to Hire a Local Roofing Contractor?

At Harlan Quality Roofing, we have been providing excellent roofing products and the best roofing services to greater Sacramento since 2005. Check out what our happy customers are saying about our professional approach to the installation or repair of your roof.      Call us today for a free estimate and consultation.

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916.292.9548

Tips for Hiring the Best Roof Repair Company in Sacramento

Tips for Hiring the Best Roof Repair Company in Sacramento

Your roof is the most important aspect of your home. Not only does it keep you and your belongings sheltered from the elements, but it also protects the rest of the structure as well. When there is a problem with your roof that is not addressed right away, it could cause damage to other parts of your home and potentially danger to you and your family.

Let’s Uncover some Tips for Finding the Best Roofing Repairs in Sacramento

Start with Friends and Family

If any of your local friends or family members have had a successful roofing project completed recently, ask them about their experience. If any of them had a roofing project that they were happy about, then ask them to share the roofing contractor details.

If your family is out of state and your friends have not engaged with a roofer recently, then broaden your search using the internet. Google local search will help you not only find qualified roofing companies in your area but will also share reviews with you so you can find a roofer that has a great reputation in your area.

Connect with Previous Clients

Once you have identified a couple outstanding roofing candidates that you would like to work with, check out their websites, read testimonials, and search the company online to find all of their reviews, how long they have been in business, and what their primary services are. The worst mistake you can make is to hire a company that has great reviews but not for the products and services that you are intending to purchase.

Check BBB Ratings

The Better Business Bureau is a great place to research a company’s credibility. The BBB has a record of all the complaints that are filed against a service provider. You can learn a lot about a company’s reputation using the BBB website.

Licensed and Insured

Always check that your chosen roofing company is properly licensed and insured. Having proper insurance is important so that you know if there are any damages or injuries during your roofing project, your roofing contractor is able to cover the costs and liability. Most reputable roofing companies will post their license on their website or will share that information with you upon request. Do your due diligence and check before you commit.

Only the Best

At Harlan Roofing, we believe that the best roofing projects begin with the best materials. They are completed using the most highly trained installers and they are complemented by dedicated staff that make sure your questions and concerns are promptly handled.

For a great customer experience from a licensed and insured Sacramento roofing company, contact Harlan Roofing. See our reviews and testimonials of what our clients are saying about their roof repairs and new roof projects!

Harlan Quality Roofing

For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!

916.292.9548

Appraising Your Roof Condition | Harlan Quality Roofing

Appraising Your Roof Condition | Harlan Quality Roofing

Your roof is comprised of two main components – the sheathing, which is the waterproof material applied before the roofing surface, and the roof shingles. During a roof inspection, both parts are carefully examined for structural integrity to estimate the number of years the roof is likely to last.

While a mortgage lender usually requires an appraisal of the roof condition should you sell your home, this is not the only time to perform a roof inspection. Homeowners who want to stay on top of and plan financing for major home repairs are keen to understand the condition of their roof. Installing solar panels is also an excellent time to assess the roof condition. Failure to do so could result in a major expense to remove the solar panels on top of the roof replacement costs.

In addition to a professional inspection of the roof, homeowners can monitor their roof conditions without ever stepping foot on the roof. Here are some tips for appraising your roof condition:

Exterior Roof Inspection

  1. Step back from your home so that you can see the surface of the roof. This may require you to move locations so that you can see every roof surface. Look for uneven slopes, debris, and loose, broken, or curling shingles.
  2. Use binoculars to see the shingle condition in a bit more detail. Look for missing, stained, or broken shingles. If there are tears in the shingles, see if you can identify gaps or chips in the area. Check for signs of the aggregate wearing off.
  3. Examine the flashing around sidewalls and roof protrusions such as chimneys and vents. Flashing should lay flat and be rust-free.
  4. Take a look at the edge of the roof. You should be able to see if you have more than one layer of shingles. As most codes prohibit more than two layers of shingles, this can help you determine if your next roof maintenance is a new layer or a roof replacement.

Attic Inspection

  1. If your home has an easily accessible attic, it is a good idea to combine an external inspection with an appraisal of the attic. Look for water stains that might indicate a leak.
  2. Check the integrity of the underside of the roof including the ridge beam. Look for any structural concerns or warping.
  3. Check your ventilation by making sure your vents are not covered or plugged with debris and your attic can properly breathe.

Professional Roof Appraisal

Even with regular inspections, homeowners should consider periodic appraisals of their roof condition conducted by a professional. At Harlan Roofing, we will provide you with a complete analysis of the condition of your roof and recommendations for repair or replacement if needed. Don’t wait for the rainy season to find out you have a roof issue. Call us today for assistance.

Harlan Quality Roofing
For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!
916.292.9548